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Poll Results: The Summer Suit Challenge - Who did it best?

Poll expired: Jun 17, 2013 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 3% of voters (3)
    Mr. Claymore
  • 1% of voters (1)
    James Barnes
  • 18% of voters (16)
  • 40% of voters (36)
  • 5% of voters (5)
  • 34% of voters (30)
  • 12% of voters (11)
  • 1% of voters (1)
  • 23% of voters (21)
  • 3% of voters (3)
  • 20% of voters (18)
  • 7% of voters (7)
    those who where disqualified sympathy vote
88 Total Votes  
post #121 of 123

Oh, I see. The suit still looks very well balanced anyways, and the trouser drape is great. As per your signature, a work of art. smile.gif

post #122 of 123
Originally Posted by RDiaz View Post

What's not to like? eh.gif

It is probably a matter of personal taste and temperament. I tend to look at pictures of fits and imagine how I would feel wearing the same. In this case I feel that the waistcoat would draw too much attention from the rest if I wore that ensemble. I would not be comfortable with it, but I am sure V_l_V is.
post #123 of 123

How did I miss this thread. Lovely stuff :) We should have a Summer Suit MASTER THREAD somewhere. 


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Originally Posted by Stiva View Post


This is a complex question. I too am from Oz - but in the tropics and travel extensively - and I too run hot. The reality is that no suit will wear comfortably at 28 degrees and over. I have experimented with suits made in Adelaide and HK - in various fabrics.

Here are my conclusions in rough summary for what they are worth.

Super ratings have nothing to do with coolness. That rating is about the gauge of the fibre. The higher the rating, the finer the fibre and the more fibres per square inch. That has nothing to say about how tight or loose the weave is and, accordingly, how breathable/cool it wears. I avoid Supers, and particularly anything over 120s because they have a fine "hand" (ie smooth) but poor durability.

If you really want cooler you need unlined, quarter lined or half-lined, but the more scant the lining the more the suit will tend to lose its shape over time (and the more expensive it will be because the tailor will have to finish exposed seams that would otherwise be covered by lining).

Frescos have an open weave and are relatively resistant to wrinkling. Best examples : Minnis and Smiths. Weight : 8-9 oz or 9-10 oz are generally the lightest. The heavier the weight the less the wrinkling, but the hotter it wears. There is always a trade off. Light weight frescos can also be a bit see through. And they have a slightly mottled look which reduces their "conservatism".

Tropical weight wools (not frescos) can be as light as 7 oz. See Rangoons, etc. Downside: they wrinkle more and are less durable. And in my experience even they don't overcome the 28 degree problem.

Cotton is not particularly cool. It is generally tightly woven. Wrinkles. Not suitable for a conservative business office environment. Can look good in the right context though.

I also think that linen is also overrated in terms of its "coolness" - at least in the climatic sense of the word. Also wrinkles and no good for the office environment unless you have decided to unleash your Graham Greene and embrace your status as the office artiste/eccentric. But it can also look killer in the right environment and in the right colour. Stone, tan, grey, tobacco, navy - depending on skin tone and occasion. White if you are Tom Wolfe or Morgan Freeman.

Blends: I've got a 60/40 linen/wool quarter-lined airforce blue blazer suit. (See Manton thread re blazer suit.) Nice compromise on wrinkling, coolness - but still doesn't beat the 28 degree rule. Also not quite CBD.

Mills/merchants: VBC is entirely acceptable in quality. You will generally find that aficionados tend to have a favourite - but in reality there is little difference between the quality purveyors. I prefer English for largely cultural reasons. Minnis for worsted, flannel and fresco (they invented it) - and only because I have a sentimental attachment to my first pieces. Like a footy fan. But others swear by Fox, Dugdales, Harrisons, LP, W Bill, whatever.

Regards Stiva



Originally Posted by tchoy View Post

I find silk linings runs warmer than bemberg, I tend to use ermazine to lined my summer suits and jackets.

For the op take a look at the H Lesser tropical bunch at around 8/9 oz. It tailors up very well for a light weight cloth.



Originally Posted by JTA View Post

I worked in Sydney in my previous life and working in SE Asia now.

Generally Stiva was right except I found that in OZ where the weather tends to be dry, I can wear my tropical weight / fresco buggy lined suit for most of summer days without drenched in sweat.
Nevertheless, in a humid climate where I'm living now, at 32 degree average even wearing the lightest shirt and trousers I'm sweating like pig.

Dry climate: Lightweight half / buggy / unlined suit in 7-8 oz works fine.
Humid climate: Wear suit only in a climate controlled environment.

I guess climate plays a part as well as one's body heat.


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Originally Posted by BespokeExpat View Post

My favorite Zegna Traveler 9 ounce navy fabric is sold out until next year and I need to commission a new 2 piece suit with neapolitan shoulders.

Please can you recommend a similar H&S or J&J Minnis fabric that I can order.

I am looking for a fabric that will look very smart and elegant with good shape.

Many thanks.



Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

Try H&S Crispaire or Crystal Srping, but my favorite will be H. Lessor tropical range.

I only lik eJJ minnis heavy stuff.



Originally Posted by Timeless Fashion View Post

For fabric that resist wrinkles for travelling, H&S Crispaire and J&J Minnis Frescos are high twist material that also tend to have better air circulation making them cooler to wear when compared to same weight fabric in other weaves.



Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

Harrison's Frontier might be another good choice in this category. I know that Patrick Chu likes to boost it.
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